AnnaSophia Robb Breaks Down ‘The Carrie Diaries’

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On Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was always trying to “have it all” in Manhattan between her high profile job as a columnist (and later, author), her tumultuous romantic relationships, her casual brunches (or girls’ nights out with Cosmos) with friends, and of course, her fabulous fashion.

But that version of Carrie Bradshaw was very much a fully formed woman, making decisions — and yes, mistakes — based on her belief system from the earlier relationships and struggles that shaped her. Amy B. Harris’ CW version of Carrie Bradshaw on The Carrie Diaries is a young woman who is just starting to have the experiences that will inform and shape who she is later in life. And though she may only be in high school, this Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) may be juggling even more.

“She’s just lost her mom, so that’s a big adjustment for Carrie, and I think it’s more of she’s trying to adjust to a new role in the family. Dorrit, her sister, is really acting out, so [Carrie] feels like she really needs to be in control of her younger sister to keep her protected and at the same time be there for her dad,” Robb told Celebuzz.

“But at the same time, she’s just getting into New York and just starting to explore this sort of wild world and going to parties and dressing in this fabulous fashion she never even knew existed and figuring out her love life. She’s maturing, so there’s two different worlds she’s trying to balance and two different selves,” Robb continued when we sat down with her in Los Angeles, Calif. “Carrie’s trying to grasp her future, instead of look to the past.”

When we first meet the burgeoning fashionista on The Carrie Diaries premiere, she is very much a sweet and innocent junior in high school who just experienced her first kiss last summer. The series is set up to be a “coming-of-age” story for Carrie, and therefore the “loss of innocence” will certainly be explored as she experiences first love — with the kid who gave her her first kiss, Sebastian (Austin Butler), as well as with the city of Manhattan.

Carrie gets an internship that takes her into the city after school, allowing her to explore and see a world in which she desperately wants to belong. But just because she’s gotten a taste of a better, longer-term life doesn’t mean Carrie is leaving her friends or teenage problems completely behind.

“There are different dynamics between different people. I’d say Carrie and Mouse have more heart-to-heart discussions. I think Walt feels more comfortable with Carrie about sharing what his true feelings are. Obviously, Walt and Maggie have a special relationship and a closeness. And Maggie and Mouse have a funny relationship because they both come from totally different perspectives [where] they agree to disagree and enjoy each other for it!” Robb said of the four friends in The Carrie Diaries.

Throughout the series, Carrie will be building her confidence and really learning who she is, but rather than rebelling like her little sister Dorrit (Stefania Owen) through stealing, smoking, and breaking curfew, Carrie dives into a more adult world of New York City nightlife, hiding her age so she can try to land a dream job already. Both, you could argue, are trying to grow up too fast, but they are taking such different approaches, it creates tension in the home.

“It ebbs and flows, I’d say,” Robb said of the issues that arise between the sisters. “I think Carrie and Dorrit have a very special relationship. They both come from such opposite head spaces that they’re just like two ships in the night, but at the same time, they appreciated each other for it. Episode 9 is a really nice episode for them where they’re just kind of finding a mutual understanding because they both think so differently, but they’re going to make it work anyway because they’re sisters.”

Similarly, when it comes to Sebastian, Robb echoed that he and Carrie also have “mutual understanding” that creates a bond between them deeper than straight attraction. She lost her mother, and his walked out on him.

“But it’s never really something they talk about, ‘Oh, we have all these mother issues!'” she said. “It’s something the fans can see — can connect [the dots]. ‘Oh, this is why this happened, and this happened.'”

And Robb believes the audience for The Carrie Diarieswill not only see nuances of characters in each other, but also reflected back in their own lives and aspirations. She certainly has.

“Carrie from Sex and the City is such a relatable character, and I feel like, as I get older, I want to be her. I want to be that comfortable with my body and my writing and knowing what I want and just being fabulous. She’s so riddled with neuroses and she’s so complex, but I think this version of Carrie as a young woman is very relatable to me as a young woman and to older viewers and how they felt [as teenagers],” Robb said.

“What do they want? What do their parents want for them? What do their friends want and why do they want it? And figuring out boys, relationships, and how that all works!”

The Carrie Diaries premieres Monday at 8PM on The CW.

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Also, watch our chat with The Carrie Diaries heartthrob Austin Butler below.

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